Hard-fought 13-inning win
What a crazy game that fried the neurons of every Reds fan out there but the Reds’ 9-8 win in 13 innings I’m sure was a big sigh of relief for many of you.
I’m not sure there would have been existing technology to measure the dark mood of the clubhouse had the Reds dropped that game after blowing the 8-0 lead through five innings.
The Reds leave town three games behind the Cardinals. Stressful game or not, that’s a heck of a lot better than five games.
“Boy, that’s about as hard a victory that you can get,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*The Reds are now 5-4 in extra inning games but had dropped the last four in a row.
*Bronson Arroyo retired 14 of his first 15 batters and faced the minimum through his first five innings. The first hit was a questionable call by the official scorer. Daniel Descalso beat out a single on a grounder to Joey Votto because of a high toss to Arroyo covering first base. It became a moot point when Tony Cruz doubled to start the St. Louis sixth.
*Chris Heisey led off the game with a homer, the second time he’s done that this season.
*Jay Bruce’s home run in the first inning snapped a 0-for-14 skid.
*Fred Lewis’ homer in the fourth inning was his first since May 5 when he went deep against Houston as a pinch-hitter.
*Dontrelle Willis did not pitch tonight in relief at Triple-A Louisville as we were previously told by GM Walt Jocketty. What that means to the Reds situation up here, I do not know.
*I will not being finishing the final first half road trip with the Reds in Milwaukee. I’m headed home for a couple of days off and will be in Phoenix starting this weekend to cover the All-Star game and related festivities. Be sure to check back for updates, pictures, etc. from the event with the three Reds All-Stars — Votto, Phillips and Bruce, plus the Futures game stars Alonso and Mesoraco.
“You never know what can happen in the game of baseball. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t start the game. You don’t know when you can be a part of it.” — Ramon Hernandez, who delivered the game-winning pinch-hit double in the 13th.
“I could have gone another inning. My mind was set for more than one inning. Thank God we took the lead and I came in and I feel really good that I could help with the team victory.” — Aroldis Chapman, who notched his first big league save.
“It feels good to help us get a win.” — Jose Arredondo on his first victory as a member of the Reds. He pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th.
“Chapman was it. Just like their guy Valdes was probably it with Lynn going two innings yesterday. Sometimes you’ve got to roll the dice and do what you’ve got to do.” — Dusty Baker
“It’s a tough loss, because we invested a lot, a lot of pitching. But 8-0, to come back and tie it against a real good club… We had nine outs to win it at home. We had a chance. Just couldn’t do it.” — Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa